NBA Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum?

 

May 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) and power forward Pau Gasol (16) smile after a basket during game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors

Andrew Bynum was recently suspended by the Cleveland Cavaliers and the team is looking to dump him somewhere else. A potential partner could be the Los Angeles Lakers, who would send Pau Gasol the other way.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have had discussions on a trade that would involve Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, league sources told ESPN.com.

No deal is believed to be imminent, but both sides are mulling it over ahead of a Jan. 7 deadline when the second half of Bynum’s $12.25 million salary would be guaranteed. The Cavs suspended Bynum for one game this weekend for conduct detrimental to the team and have excused him indefinitely from all activities, including games.

(via ESPN)

By trading for Bynum and waiving him, the Lakers could save up to $20 million this season on salary and luxury tax costs. With Steve Nash’s health at an all-time low and Kobe Bryant out with a fracture in his knee, the Lakers could potentially just give up on the season and save some cash.

To make the salaries match, the Cavs would have to include at least another player into the deal and the Lakers are not willing to give up Gasol for free. According to ESPN they want some kind of a valuable piece in return for Gasol’s services.

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